Sunday, May 2, 2010

New shoes!

Hello all!

 I was looking forward to this day because I had plans to go to Tampa to buy new running shoes! The ones I've been wearing are 3 years old, yikes!!

Snack this afternoon was a juice from the Vitamix that consisted of 1/2 frozen banana, a couple of frozen cherries, and a packet of Amazing Grass' Wheat Grass with cold water.
It looks ugly, but was tasty.

I waited for Mirza to finish studying before we made our way to "Fit 2 Run" at International Mall in Tampa. I went there specifically so I could do the gait analysis.

Apparently, I over-pronate!! I kind of had a feeling, at least with the right. I feel uneven. I tried on some Nikes, Brooks, and Asics. I tried to remain impartial because I predominately wear Asics now for work and exercise, but I still did like them the best out of all the shoes we tried.

Wow, running on the treadmill and seeing it played back is really eye opening. I run like an idiot; I'm all over the place. Mirza said it looked painful! bahahaha!
When I ran with the higher stability shoes, my foot was completely even and did not roll inward. Success!
I ended up buying the Asics GT 2150.

After shoe shopping, we stopped for some lunch. I forgot to take photos, oops. I ordered a portobello sandwich from the Gallery Eclectic Bistro. Was pretty good.

Today was week 1, workout 3 of the Couch to 5K!
Mirza took some pictures of me during my workout!
But first, my pretty new shoes...

(these were taken during my little warm-up walk)

(By the way, "only YOU can prevent forrest fires")

I do a brisk 2 minute walk to warm up my muscles, and then a variation of stretches, including these as a base point. After my stretches, I hop back on the treadmill and walk for another 2 minutes or so and then start the training plan for that workout. This week was 60 minutes running alternating with 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes.
For week 1, my miles were: 1.71, 1.61, and 1.63. Right now, I am not focusing on miles, but just so I can have a baseline to compare, I've been keeping note. Surprisingly, I have noticed a difference in just three workouts. This last one was a lot easier and I know I could have run longer, but like I said in previous posts, I'm not going to push it and then injure myself.

(Still walking...)

I will take it outside eventually. I know that running on the treadmill and running outdoors are not the same, but I am doing what I am comfortable with right now. I need to get used to the heat because it is going to be HOT in August and September.

After we both worked out and stretched, we went for our first swim of the year! The pool was the perfect temperature.

Some time this week, I am going to have a private lesson with a swim coach to learn the general techniques for my triathlon training. I was going to join the pool that he coaches at, but it is in another city and the non-resident fee, plus lessons, and other things they want you to pay for just add up to be way too much. The private lessons are cheaper in the end since I have my own pool to practice in! He also does open water swims a few times each month, so that will be quite beneficial.
Hoping to get started soon!
Tomorrow is a bike day, followed by two working days.
I am going to attempt my week2workout1 on Wednesday following two 12 hour shifts. I say attempt because it might not work out so well! I am dead after 12 hours:)

What are your favorite running shoes? Do you stick to the same brand or mix it up? Also, do you prefer to run outdoors or on a treadmill and why?


Ryan Knapp said...

a) I run in Asics as well, 2140's but I'm going to switch to a more minimalist shoe when I get my next pair.

b) I don't switch up because once I find a pair I like, I'd rather not have to deal with blisters, etc. So if you really really like a pair, I suggest buying 2 pairs in case they discontinue.

c) I personally hate the treadmill. I run outside all year if I can. When you race, it could rain, snow, have 30 mph winds, and running on the treadmill doesn't give you any of that free sensation.

I suggest getting a Garmin GPS watch and then you can track your pace, etc on that, it helps and you can get outside and enjoy the weather! Running is to get yourself outdoors, not to stay in!

Raspberry Stethoscope said...

Thanks for replying Ryan! I do plan on buying a Garmin Forerunner 305 for my runs and for bike. I actually don't really like the treadmill all that much, either, but the purposes of starting out on the ct5k program, and not having the Garmin to help me keep pace, etc the treadmill has been good:)

Joanna Ashleigh said...

I definitely prefer to run out doors personally with out headphones/music. I personally need the feeling of actually traveling some where... I feel like a hamster in a wheel on the treadmill and it drives me nuts. If you can find a good dirt trail to run on do that, it's not as hard on your knees as asphalt and concrete. Good luck!